Mandu Karuppu-Mandu Karuppi of Jeyamangalam
Jeyamangalam is a village 12 km from Aandipatti of Theni district, this village is in the shores of Varaha River. Mandu Karuppu and Mandu Karuppi temple is in this village. These are worshipped by a dalit community called Kolachiyavan. The origin of this temple is not in this village.
There was a Jamindar in Jothinayakkanur near Vathalakundu. He was a bad man and was troubling people. A heroic man called Mandu Karuppu of that village was a rebel. He formed his own group of people and opposed the Jamindar. Once he refused to pay tax to the Jamindar. Jamindar sent his army to capture Mandu Karuppu. Mandu Karuppu vanished in the forest. From the forest he kept on troubling the Jamindar. At this time, he fell in love with a girl of the same village called Mandu Karuppi. She used to go the forest and meet him. The Jamindar’s people came to know of it. But Karuppi did not bother. Once Mandu Karuppi went to meet Mandu Karupan in the day time. The Jamindar’s people caught and tortured her to tell the place of hiding of Mandu Karuppu. When she refused to tell, they cut off her head. It seems the head flew in to the air shouting, “Mandu Karuppa, please take care.” And fell at the feet of Mandu Karuppan. Due to this Jamindar’s people could locate Mandu Karuppan and behead him also.
His people took the heads of Mandu karuppan and Mandu Karuppi and started worshipping them as Gods. Whenever these people migrated to a new place, they would take a fist full of mud from the place where Mandu Karuppu was killed, plant two stones and worship them. The temple in Jayamangalam is one of them. There is no worship or festival to these Gods.
If a marriage is settled for two people of the community, the groom first goes, anoints the Mandu Karppi stone with oil and the washes it with soap nut powder (Cheyakkai). Then the bride will go and perform the same rites to Manu Karuppan stone. Then after marriage both of them go together, anoint the stones together and light a lamp. In this community, regardless of their status, everybody has to do this for getting married. They believe that if this is done they would love each other like Mandu Karuppan and Mandu Karuppi.